Plans for a three-year celebration of Scottish culture and creativity have been announced by Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop, which set out how Scotland will take advantage of the opportunities offered by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Scotland's Cultural Plan for London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 aims to promote Scottish culture and creativity on the world stage, increase international and domestic tourism and develop Scotland's creative sector. Beginning in 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland, and continuing into 2014, the cultural showcase will provide opportunities for the whole nation to take part in the celebrations. Creative Scotland, the development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries, will invest £6.5 million National Lottery funds into a programme to support the Year of Creative Scotland.
The programme will include a series of 'Creative Places Awards' which will celebrate communities with a strong track record of creativity and cultural tourism, and a fund of £1 million to support new cultural tourism activity and build collaboration between the culture, tourism and heritage sectors. A Scottish Land & Estates Information Sheet is bring produced. Further information can be found here